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The Moving Finger
Agatha Christie
Narrator Jerry Burton, wounded pilot stumbling on two sticks, hopes to recuperate in quiet Lymstock with loyal fashionable London--loving sister Joanna--until vicious letters spread suspicion, then death. Mrs. Symmington is not the type to panic, but drinks cyanide, leaves a crumpled accusation of infidelity in the fireplace, and a torn scrap with "I can't go on." Her two boys are cared for by buxom blonde governess Elsie more than her lawyer husband.

His childish step-daughter Megan intrigues Jerry, while shy awkward Dr. Griffith asks Joanna to help deliver a newborn. Eccentric vicar's wife, Mrs. Calthrop, invites sweet white-haired knitter Miss Jane Marple to assemble the clues that Jerry recognizes when he dozes.
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